The good news is that I made it back up to four hours today, the bad news is that it was SUCH a chore. I seriously need to re-evaluate the way I’m dividing up my practice. To be fair I’m probably still adjusting to the altitude and so my endurance is down, but still. I think I’m trying to force everything to get done in three sittings or less. Then when it doesn’t work I do an extra fourth practice that totally feels “out of my way” and forced, because, well, it is! I think the answer is to front-load my day and only leave an hour of work to do in the evening, with at least two hours of space before it. Eventually I’ll find a rhythm that works, first I have to sort through the ones that don’t.
Another aspect of endurance that I figured out today at the end of my practice was this: I’ve been SLAMMING the same excerpts day after day for more than 11 days now and this is definitely boring me. No matter how much I tell myself that it’s the most important thing to be practicing right now, the fact that it’s the ONLY thing I’m practicing is tiring, creatively. I figured this out at the very end of the day when I pulled out some Bach and just had a ball. It’s past time that I add solo repertoire back into my practice. Things I brought with me: Bartok Contrasts (chamber rep), Lutoslawski Dance Preludes, Denisov Solo piece, Francaix Theme and Variations, Copland Concerto, and assorted Bach transcriptions. This audition is on Saturday, another on Sunday, and then I think it’s time for some Bartok. And Copland. And Mozart. With lots of Bach in between. I predict tomorrow’s practice will be a lot more fun. :)